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by Julie Brooks

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Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Doodle Art Canvas

Hello everyone

I hope you are all well and managing to keep warm and dry. The weather has been terrible in some parts of the UK in recent weeks, as well as some areas further afield. Still, Spring is just around the corner now and the sunshine, when it makes an appearance, is lovely and warm, which gives me optimism for better days ahead.

The sun was shining beautifully into my kitchen this morning and I sat on one of my bar stools with a very large black coffee basking like a lizard for a good half hour. I need to live in the Med really!

Anyway, onto the piece which is a bit given away by the title of this post really. It's a 12 inch square canvas and I decided the other week to just have a little play and see what happened. I didn't have a particular theme in mind, or any kind of end result, and I have to say I found the whole process very cathartic.

I used various stencils, inks, paints, stamps and crackle paint, along with just a very few seed beads and small metal rings and a couple of metal bee charms, and just played. And here is my finished piece.


I turned some of the stencilled diamond shapes into little fishies and others into kites. There's a story behind the fishies. When I first stencilled them onto the canvas I used a paint from Imagination Crafts which has very fine gilding flakes in it, in quite a strong pink. But I decided it didn't fit in with the rest of my colour scheme, so I got out my crackle paint and went over them all again. Once that was dry there was a wonderful effect of fish scales where the paint had cracked and the metallic paint was showing through, and I was actually quite pleased with it. I just added a bit of ink on top to make them a bit more fish coloured, drew on the fins and eyes and added some bubbles! So that was a happy accident, which kind of led to the rest of the "doodles" really. Hexagons always remind me of honeycomb so I decided to add the bee charms there, and the chevrons are guiding me up into the air with the butterflies and that's when I decided to turn some of the blue-green diamond shapes into little kites flying in the breeze. I added more of the hexagons underneath the fish to represent the ocean floor, along with the beads, and used the side of a dew drop ink pad to make the wavy seaweed fronds. I decided to do outlines using an ordinary pen and I added various words here and there. All the creatures are free spirits, going where they please, doing what they want to do - if only our lives were that simple.

I actually quite love this piece because it was just my mind wandering, as it does. It's now hanging above the aquarium in our living room - quite appropriate I think!

Here are some close-ups.



I hope you can make out the glint of the gilding flakes in the base paint on the fishies

OK, that's all from me for now.

Back soon!

Take care,
Julie x